Inria - Bâtiment 5 - Université de Montpellier

Inria Branch at the University of Montpellier

The Inria branch in Montpellier, created in 2003, became the Inria Branch at the University of Montpellier when the strategic partnership was signed on June 23, 2023. Its dynamics are part of the development of the Montpellier site with the University of Montpellier, the PEI (Programme d'excellence I-Site), a project labelled Initiatives-Science-Innovation-Territoires-Economie (I-SITE) with the aim of meeting three major challenges for the 21st century: feeding, protecting and caring, thanks to its expertise in the fields of life sciences, the environment and agriculture.


The University of Montpellier and Inria have been cooperating for many years, as illustrated by the creation of Joint Project Teams on the Montpellier site, the first of which was set up in 2003. Inria is also a partner in the Montpellier I-SITE, and a member of the integrated university's COMIS (Comité des investissements Stratégiques et Structurants).

The Inria Branch at the University of Montpellier comprises 7 project-teams working in close collaboration with local laboratories, research and higher education establishments, as well as with local economic players. Its activities mobilize some one hundred scientists and research and innovation support staff, from 20 different countries.

Research areas of the Inria branch at University of Montpellier

The research and innovation projects of the branch's teams touch on all dimensions of congnition, perception, digital health and biology:

Positioning & Strategic issues

Scientific priorities

- Conduct interdisciplinary research in data science, simulation and control and their applications to the environment, agriculture and health.

Strategic development

Inria will support the development of the Inria branch on the Montpellier site, with the following strategic objectives:

  • Participate in the site dynamics driven by the University of Montpellier, and particularly that of the consortium for the I-Site Program of Excellence, which mobilizes the strengths of 16 institutions towards a common ambition: the emergence of a research-intensive thematic university in Montpellier.
  • Contribute to France's technological and industrial sovereignty in and through digital technologies;
  • Develop transfer engineering and collaboration in favor of entrepreneurship and, as part of the creation of the new ExposUM institute, strengthen cutting-edge technology platforms.

Ecosystem & Partners

Through the Inria branch at University of Montpellier, Inria is also a founding member of the PUI de Montpellier.

- Academic partnerships: University of Montpellier, CNRS, INRAÉ and Inserm, UM's MIPS research cluster, Digit'Ag convergence institute and labeX NUMEV

- Industrial partnerships: EDF, Neurinnov, Quinten Health, REEV, SANOFI

- Innovation ecosystem: AD'OCC development agency, Initium incubator, Booster Innovation Montpellier (BIM), Pôle Universitaire Générateur d'Innovation de Montpellier (GIM)

- Local authorities: Occitanie Region